The world's first benchmark qualification for Green Finance


Why study the Green Finance Certificate?

Managing climate-related risks and supporting the transition to a low-carbon world are our most significant global challenges. Achieving these requires the combined efforts of global bodies, national governments and the financial services sector, putting sustainability and stewardship at the heart of finance.

This program will enable you to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main elements of green finance.

This includes: scientific background; key concepts; principles, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals; risk management; products and services (banking, insurance and investment); and ethical dimensions.

Syllabus Summary:

  • Green finance underpinnings
  • Green finance principles
  • Green finance products and services
  • Ethical dimensions of green finance

Success in this exam leads to the CBI Green Finance Certificate.

The Green Finance Certificate has been launched by the Chartered Banker Institute as the first global, benchmark qualification for the green finance sector.

Qualification structure

This qualification is achieved by successfully passing a computer based exam of 50 multiple-choice questions. 

Exam duration: 1 hour

Recommended study time: 130 hours

CPD time: 4 hours upon successful completion

Exam Availability

Exams are booked via the Chartered Banker Institute and are delivered online, with instant results. Exams are delivered via remote invigilation, enabling learners to schedule exams anytime, anywhere.


The Certificate costs $1,185, including all learning materials and access to the examinations.

Please allow up to 10 business days for your enrolment to be processed by Chartered Banker Institute.


Chartered Banker



The broad introduction to the key concepts covered makes it suitable for a range of individuals:

  • Bankers, insurers, investment managers, central bankers and regulators, risk managers, analysts and consultants - If you are already a financial services professional, or wish to become one, this qualification can lead to further areas of study or practice in this area.
  • Companies - Companies wishing to increase their staff knowledge in this area could also use this qualification in induction materials.
  • Global audiences – The certificate includes broad financial services sector coverage which is relevant internationally.

Is the Green Finance Certificate right for me? 

Key Features

  • Prepare for a career in green finance - get an overview of the sector 
  • Available to all - there are no entry requirements for the Green Finance Certificate, and no prior knowledge of the Green Finance sector is assumed
  • Globally-recognised qualification - awarded by the Chartered Banker Institute.
  • A fast and affordable recognition – the certificate can be studied online at your own pace (130 hours of study time required), and is assessed via a 1-hour, 50-question test, delivered online with instant results

Find out more about the Green Finance Certificate

The certificate is delivered via an online study guide which breaks up learning into bite size units. Each unit is followed by a short concept-check test or quiz to ensure understanding of the material.

Learning materials are delivered via the Chartered Banker Institute’s learning management solution, which enables learners to access them anywhere, anytime.

Study Support


Employer Support 

Employers can track progress of individuals and cohorts through regular progress reports and learner analytics, enabling timely intervention when necessary.

FINSIA offers a range of qualifications and membership opportunities to suit those aspiring to work in the sector, right through to the most experienced professionals.

To further your theoretical and practical knowledge higher level FINSIA qualifications can be taken.

Post Qualification Opportunities

– Geoff Toone F FIN, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer | National Bank of Vanuatu

"The Green Finance Certificate course has been both challenging and enlightening. The course content stretches your traditional finance mindset. A very positive learning experience done in a flexible format."

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